IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the statement by the EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker that the EU is ready to assist Irish farmers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Joe Healy said IFA has consistently made the case at Irish Government & EU level for support, given the exposure of farming & food in this country to a no-deal situation.
“It is welcome that commitments made by the Taoiseach and Commissioner Hogan have been confirmed by President Juncker,” he said.
“We will be continuing our engagement with the Irish Government and the Commission to get a comprehensive package of market supports and direct aid for Irish farmers,” he said.
Joe Healy also welcomed the Commission President’s reaffirmed support for the backstop. “All efforts must go into trying to reach agreement but we must prepare for the worst-case scenario,” he said.